Dr. Gert Cloete

Dr Gert Cloete has 30 years of experience in the field of water engineering. After school he completed a diploma in civil engineering in 1987, and worked several years as a field technician before pursuing further education in water engineering; in 1997 he enrolled for a degree in civil engineering at the University of Stellenbosch where he completed his B.Eng  and later his MSc. Eng and PhD degrees.

His experience ranges from field technician in hydrology, to the design and construction of water related infrastructure. He also was manager of the civil engineering design office at  NamWater, Chief Engineer at the City of Windhoek Civil Design department, and was Head of the Civil Engineering department at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

He is currently a lecturer in Water Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Windhoek.

He is registered with professional bodies and served on a Ministerial Council:

  • Professional Engineer, registered with the Engineering Council of Namibia. 2006 to date.
  • Council member of the Engineering Professions Association (EPA) of Namibia.
  • Member of the Ministerial Water Advisory Council of Namibia (WACN). Term 2016 to 2021.
  • Member of the South African Commission on Large Dams (SANCOLD).
  • Member of the European Goesciences Union (EGU).

His qualifications are listed below:



Degree or diploma obtained

Stellenbosch University

 2008 – 2015

PhD. Eng (Civil)

Stellenbosch University

 2001 – 2004

MSc. Eng (Civil)

Stellenbosch University

 1997 – 2000

B.Eng (Civil)

Cape Technicon


National Higher Diploma (NHD), Civil Eng

Cape Technicon

1985 -1987

Higher Diploma (ND), Civil Engineering


  • Von Bach Dam asphaltic seal project manager for the assessment of the old seal and the construction process to replace the weathered asphalt seal in 2016.
  • Design and construction supervision of the Epalela Aquaculture Project near Ruakana.
  • Dam safety inspections of the Byderivierspoort, and Misverstand Dam’s in South Africa, and the Naute Dam, Oanob Dam and Omatako Dam in Namibia.
  • Construction of the Hoxani weir and pump station, and the Injaka Dam raw water pump station in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
  • Investigation and resolving of the flood event in Eva Schumacher street which was caused by the overtopping of the culvert at Sam Nujoma Stadium, Windhoek.
  • Feasibility studies and preliminary designs for various bulk water supply pipelines to supply desalinated water to towns and mines in the Central Namib Area.
  • Palaeoflood studies in the Fish, Kuiseb and Ugab rivers in Namibia to determine upper-bound flood peaks.
  • Upgrading the Regional Maximum Flood (RMF) charts for Namibia.